Organisers ecstatic to have five entrants, one Cherry King so far

 President of the National Cherry Festival committee Caitlin Sheehan with last year's Cherry Queen entrants Clare Grantham and Amelia Everdell. Photo by RLP.
President of the National Cherry Festival committee Caitlin Sheehan with last year's Cherry Queen entrants Clare Grantham and Amelia Everdell. Photo by RLP.

National Cherry Festival committee president Caitlin Sheehan said there are no words to describe her happiness with the number of entrants in this year's Cherry Queen and King competition.

Five entrants are vying for this year's titles, the highest number of entrants since 2013.

Mrs Sheehan said she was thrilled to have the boost in numbers.

"It's fantastic because you want as many entrants as possible to share in the journey," she said.

"I've done it myself and I know how good it can be and make you feel, so to have five entrants, I'm over the moon.

"It's a journey that's worthwhile it brings you into the community and meet a whole lot of people," she said.

Mrs Sheehan said she believed community spirit had brought on the increased number of entrants.

"I think it's the community wanting to give back," she said.

"Community spirit has come together with people wanting to help local organisations.

"No matter what their charity or organisation is you're always happy to see the money raised for them because they are all worthwhile causes.

"Seeing them (the entrants) out in the public and the community is always good because it brings awareness to charities, the more the merrier," she said.

This year also marks the fist time male has entered the competition in over 10 years.

Mrs Sheehan said it was fantastic to see David Munnerley as one of the entrants.

"David is a fantastic guy and I'm hoping now he's entered more men will come back to the competition," she said.

"I think a lot of people didn't know that entrants could be male or female.

"The more men the merrier and if they have a local charity they are passionate about and wanted to fundraise for then jump on board.

"We'd love to have another Cherry King entrant but are grateful to have one," she said.

Mrs Sheehan said she would love to see even more entrants in the future from towns outside Young in the Hilltops region.